The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The absent voices

Through them, Jesus teaches us justice and mercy

The spring convocation of U.S. cardinals at the Vatican was traveling the road to futility before their planes touched down in Rome.

The cardinals gathered with the pope in his Vatican library to pray and frame a response to the church's sexual abuse crisis. But nothing coming from that room had any chance of healing victims or satisfying concerns about the welfare of children. The cardinals' efforts were doomed because of absent voices.

Where were the victims — the injured and their families? Where were the church members whose hearts and congregations have been ripped apart by the present scandal and by church leaders who seem to have lower standards for the protection of children than does U.S. criminal law?

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